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This Man Is About to Put a Robot in Your Pocket

What will it take for robots to become as common in our homes and daily lives as smartphones, TVs, and computers? Ask roboticist Tomotaka Takahashi. The famous Tokyo professor aims to be “the Steve Jobs of robotics,” by moving away from technical specs and emphasizing design, as well as pure bot charisma. » 8/27/15 1:32pm Thursday 1:32pm

Here’s A Book That Adds a Fascinating New Dimension to Posthuman Space Opera

By now, the stories of humans transcending their limitations in space have become pretty much ubiquitous. We’ve had space cyborgs, space immortals, and tons of other posthumans in space. But the new novel Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper still represents a fascinating new approach.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... » 8/19/15 4:49pm 8/19/15 4:49pm

We Should Not Dismiss the Dangers of "Killer Robots" So Quickly

Earlier this summer, more than a thousand prominent thinkers and specialists signed an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous killing machines. Since then, a number of critics have condemned the motion, citing it as both dangerous and useless. Optimization researcher Toby Walsh explains why we shouldn’t be so… » 8/14/15 12:40pm 8/14/15 12:40pm

Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks in US Because Humans Are Terrible

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire country. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia. » 8/01/15 4:01pm 8/01/15 4:01pm

These Tiny Little Robots Are Helping Us Understand the Science of Swarms

Have you met the Kilobot? It’s small, simple, inexpensive—not the most impressive robot, on its own. But the Kilobot wasn’t made to work alone, or even in twos or threes. No, where the Kilobot really thrives is in groups. Since 2010, the size of the group in which it cooperates has steadily grown, and with it the… » 7/22/15 6:00pm 7/22/15 6:00pm

This Transforming Lego Optimus Prime Must Be Bending the Laws of Physics

Half of me wants to believe that this amazing Lego version of Optimus Prime (the Michael Bay movie version) that can actually transform into a robot is legit. But the other half of me is having a hard time believing that Ralph Savelsberg didn’t just hire Industrial Light & Magic to help fake these photos with CG. » 7/19/15 2:00pm 7/19/15 2:00pm

Design Secrets of Ex Machina, This Year's Boldest Science Fiction Movie

Ex Machina looks unlike any science fiction film you’ve seen lately. Its mostly subterranean location is opulent and claustrophobic—and then there’s Ava, the eerily beautiful robot. Check out an exclusive clip from the DVD’s special features, and our interview with the film’s production designer, Mark Digby.… » 7/13/15 8:00am 7/13/15 8:00am